Feb 28, 2013 1:40am PST
a church even benedict admits is damaged by division. what would you like to see out of the next pope? >> i would like to see them make some serious changes. >> reporter: pope benedict will leave the vatican on a helicopter for his retreat outside of rome. he says he'll remove himself entirely from the public eye, dedicating the rest of his life to prayer and meditation. nick schifrin, abc news, rome. >> thank you, nick. stay with abc news on this historic day at the vatican. abc's george stephanopoulos will lead our live coverage today as the pope retires. you can find background on this remarkable transition at any time at abcnews.com. >>> well, the u.s. has reportedly embarked in its deepest involvement in syria since the start of the conflict. "the new york times" reports that the u.s. is training opposition rebels and today, secretary of state john kerry is expected to extend another helping hand. here's abc's martha raddatz. >> reporter: this would be the first time the u.s. has given aid to the military side of the opposition forces. i'm told it could be anything from communications
Feb 25, 2013 3:00am PST
are facing pressure and criticism for alleged cases of sexual abuse. all that comes as pope benedict gets ready to resign on thursday. an estimated 100,000 people were at the vatican for benedict's final appearance is scheduled for wednesday to general audience. >>> the pope might be aging, but he's not as old as this guy. he's 101 years old. we're telling you about him only because he's finally hanging up his competitive running shoes at 101. >> remarkable. he's known as the world's oldest marathoner. yesterday he finished the last ten kilometers of the marathon in hong kong. as far as competing, he says it's time to retire, but he adds he might run again to raise money for charities. he's 101 years old. >> and by the way, he only took up running when he was 89 years old as a way to overcome the death of his wife and son, which happened in quick succession. a runner? >> i'll treadmill at the gym, but that's about it. >> congratulations at doing that at 101, things i can don't at 32. >> makes me think there might be a marathon in my future. >> when you turn 89. >> i'll wait until i'm 89.
Feb 26, 2013 2:35am EST
. benedict met privately with the three elderly investigators. the italian press calls them the 007 cardinals. >> the cardinals that did the investigation in the corruption inside the vatican are known to know everything. so if they say i don't think this candidate is the best idea at this point, that will be taken very seriously. >> reporter: the pope issued new rules that could fast track this election but ultimately the timing will be up to the cardinal. david wright, abc news, rome. >> there's not a whole lot of time that we're talking here. we've got to get the conclave going and got to get people going so that -- we've got to get a new pope in time for the most sacred days that are headed our way in the catholic church. >> the easter holiday and all that. with the resignation and then with the secret report, i know people get wrapped up in the ceremony and where the church is going to go. but let's never forget these folks are still very human. there's definitely politics behind the scenes. just because you have this title or that title, your still fallible and politics and human weakne
Feb 26, 2013 1:40am PST
years old. >>> pope benedict has just days left as the leader of the roman catholic church and their scandal as a transition begins towards a new pope. abc's david wright reports from the vatican. >> reporter: britain's cardinal keith o'brian will not attend the conclave because his presence would be a distraction. this weekend, a british newspaper reported that four scottish priests claim o'brian made unwanted sexual advances on them in the '80s. allegations o'brian denies. it's the latest of several scandals to threaten the dignity of this ancient process. other voting cardinals are known to have covered up for pedophile priests. l.a.'s roger mahoney for one, president obama's former ambassador to the holy sea suggested mahoney consider bowing out too. >> he has to decide for himself in terms of what is in the best interest of the church. >> reporter: then there's the italian papers. full of reports of a dossier prepared for the pope's eyes only. supposedly detailing a sex and blackmail scandal inside the vatican. this is beginning to sound like a dan brown novel. >> well